Fieldbus & Industrial Networking


Expanded speedway/automation system

May 2012 Fieldbus & Industrial Networking

As part of the expansion of Wago’s Speedway modular IP67 automation system, the company’s Profinet-IO fieldbus coupler now supports functions for conformance class B. This allows the application of Link Layer Discovery Protocol (LLDP) and Simple Network Management Protocol (SNMP).

Wago now offers the options of programming (CoDeSys 3), parameterisation (FDT/DTM) and firmware updates via Ethernet/TCP for the programmable Ethernet fieldbus coupler. This means that both a local USB port on the coupler and entire Ethernet topology of a system can be utilised for these services. In addition, Profibus offers handling capabilities such as change of tools. This creates greater system flexibility by permitting variable Speedway station sizes to be implemented without extensive engineering.

In addition to updating the technology, Wago is also expanding the Speedway product portfolio. This includes a parameterised serial interface module that is suitable for simultaneous connection of up to two RS-232, RS-422 or RS-485 terminal devices and up to four additional sensors or actuators. A new I/O enclosure class will also be introduced that enables 1:1 connection of up to eight M12 sensors or actuators (8DI, 8DO 0.5A, 8DIO 0.5A). Another recent innovation includes eight interference-free versions of various Speedway modules with digital outputs, indicated by the order number suffix /0000-0800, which are particularly well suited for use in safety circuits.

For more information contact Christo Grobler, Shorrock Automation, +27 (0)12 345 4449, sales@shorrock.co.za, www.shorrock.co.za



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